The Principal Team Members at GreenPlay LLC are nationally-recognized experts in the field of Parks, Recreation and Open-Space Management. They are dedicated to your project and committed to addressing the unique issues and opportunities facing your community. They are experienced in developing plans and documents that work conceptually and are implementable in your community. They are trained in conducting effective public process by skillfully leading staff and stakeholder interviews and focus groups and are adept in cultivating supportive relationships with staff and governing body leadership. GreenPlay Principals are respected for their expertise in strategic visioning, programming, cost recovery analysis, resource management, facility site design, operations, funding options, and bond referendum preparation.
Principal Team Members include:
Teresa Penbrooke, PhDc, CPRE, CEO
Teresa Penbrooke, PhDc, CPRE,
CEO & Founding Managing Member
Teresa brings substantial career experience and planning expertise to projects for large and small communities on a national level. She founded GreenPlay in 1999, and has been integral in the research, quality, recommendations, and implementation of innovations that GreenPlay contributes to the field. In addition to leading projects and the firm, Teresa teaches and researches best practices in agency administration and planning at national and state conferences, associations, universities, and for individual agencies. She is also an Official Visitor for the Commission on Accreditation for Parks and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA). Teresa’s goal for your organization is to ensure that all information is valid and useful from an operational and administrative standpoint.
Chris Dropinski, CPRE, Senior Principal
Chris Dropinski has over 30 years of experience in the public parks, recreation, and open space industry, currently as a management consultant. She served as the Director for the City of Boulder Parks, Recreation, and Mountain Parks Department from 1990 – 2001 where she was responsible for the leadership and operation of the Department. Over her career, Chris has focused on large and small-scale management, strategic, and master plans and facility development and funding. This experience includes open space and park planning, public process facilitation, Board/Council relations, analysis of organizational needs, public and alternative funding, and policy research and development. Chris brings extensive expertise in managing a parks, recreation, and open space agency within a sustainable and controlled-growth environment. Chris is a Fellow of the prestigious American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration and currently serves as Chair of the Rocky Mountain Revenue Management School. Chris has been speaking at various state, regional, and national associations, training seminars, agencies, and conferences for almost three decades. Topics vary widely, and include master and strategic planning, pricing philosophies, and facility development for parks, open space, recreation facilities, and related programs and organizations.
Pat O’Toole, Principal
Pat O’Toole, Principal
Pat brings over 25 years of management planning for parks and recreation agencies and has been leading projects for GreenPlay since 2003. Prior to joining GreenPlay, Pat was President of OATS LLC, a private consulting firm. Before that he worked for many years as a Principal for another parks planning firm, and he was previously a director and assistant director for several agencies in four different states. Pat has extensive expertise in budgeting, operational pro-formas, cost recovery and activity-based costing, efficiencies, public process, and all other facets of leading agencies. He is skilled at leading forward focused projects and teams, specifically related to creating vision and implementation.
Art Thatcher, CPRP, Principal
Art is a Certified Parks and Recreation Professional with 30 years of experience in public parks and recreation operations, programming and administration, volunteer board leadership, facility design and operations, and community engagement. Throughout his career, Art has concentrated on strategic and master planning, youth civic engagement and teen comprehensive planning, operations and facility management planning, outdoor adventure recreation development and programming, and community engagement facilitation. Art also has extensive experience working with local, state and national legislators as a subject matter expert and an advocate for the profession. He is the 2014 President and Chair of the Board of the Virginia Recreation and Parks Society. He was recently recognized for his dedication and contributions to the profession and received the VRPS President’s Award in 2012 and the VRPS Distinguished Service Award in 2013.
In Memoriam — Karon Badalamenti (1961-2014)
We are sad to announce the loss of a valuable Principal, Karon Badalamenti, who passed away on June 9th, 2014. We are profoundly saddened by the loss of our dear colleague and friend. She was a vital force in our field, and contributed many years and innovations to our profession and will be missed by so many.